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Release Date:
30 January 1957 (USA) See more »
When she got mad she sizzled...and she was mad! Mad at the general, all of Washington, and herself! See more »
The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Starts out strong, finishes up weak. See more (7 total) »


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Susan Hayward ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale

Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin

Paul Stewart ... Phil Bentley

Jim Backus ... Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell ... General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters ... Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox ... Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Kruger

Charles Lane ... Bill Hadley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Blair ... Sgt. Ferguson (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Military Counsel (uncredited)
Sydney Chatton ... Drunk at Table (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter / Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Houseman (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Armande (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man outside Senate Hearing (uncredited)
James Flavin ... American Legionnaire (uncredited)
Terry Frost ... Policeman (uncredited)
Patti Gallagher ... Girl (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Clerk at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Mr. Jones, Process Server (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Myrna Maynard (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Spectator at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Hugh Lawrence ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Civilian Counsel (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Newsreel Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Charlie (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Spectator at Hearing (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... George W. Radburn (uncredited)
Lyn Osborn ... Stumpy (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Trial Broadcaster (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Field Marshal (uncredited)
Lee Choon Wha ... Korean Dignitary (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
John P. Marquand (novel "Melville Goodwin, U.S.A.")

Roland Kibbee 
Allan Scott 

Produced by
Martin Rackin .... producer
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Goldman .... prop master (uncredited)
Morris Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Irvin Jay .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Jensen .... boom operator (uncredited)
M.A. Merrick .... sound (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine .... best boy (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Flaherty .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Other crew
Frederick J. Bremerman .... technical advisor (as Lieutenant Colonel Frederick J. Bremerman)
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Sally Lorraine .... stand-in: Susan Hayward (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney .... stand-in: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

This film was originally called 'Melville Goodwin, U.S.A' and was set to star Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. However, Bogart's persistent cough and difficulty eating became too serious to ignore and he dropped the project.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »


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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Starts out strong, finishes up weak., 23 September 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

This movie starts out like the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood often does well. Susan Hayward is a powerful publisher who wants to discredit an army general (Kirk Douglas) in her magazine. For the first part of the movie, while their relationship is more adversarial, the film moves along fine and is both amusing and enjoyable. However, as the relationship changes and the story gets more complicated, the movie starts to run out of steam. This is a strange phenomenon, as one can almost pinpoint the exact moment when the air starts to go out of the balloon.

On the plus side, the film has two top-notch stars and a fine supporting cast including Paul Stewart and Jim Backus. But since, in my opinion, the film gets weaker instead of stronger as it goes along I can only give it a marginal recommendation.

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